ANC members from three disbanded party regions in KwaZulu-Natal have gone to the high court in Pietermaritzburg in a bid to stop its provincial congress from going ahead this afternoon.
The group of branches from the Moses Mabhida (Pietermaritzburg); Harry Gwala and Lower South Coast regions want the re-run of the November 2015 elective conference stopped on the basis that party dispute resolution structures had ignored evidence of rigging in the process of electing branch delegates.
They believe that allowing the conference to go ahead with the involvement of a large number of illegitimate delegates will deliver a flawed outcome.
On Wednesday, a delegation from the national dispute resolution committee met with representatives of 44 branches at Moses Mabhida who had earlier presented information of alleged rigging of branch general meetings.
The meeting deadlocked.
Preparations for the conference, held at the University of Zululand are still going ahead as planned, with ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe set to deliver the keynote address tonight.